Toulouse Blagnac Airport

The gateway to south-western France, the Toulouse-Blagnac Airport will embark into a new phase of development with the launch of the terminal expansion and reconfiguration project in 2016.

The proposed redevelopment will be the second major expansion at the airport after the French Government sold its shares in the Aéroport Toulouse Blagnac Company, the operator of the airport, to a Chinese Symbiose consortium in 2014.

The first development was the modernisation of the arrivals area, which was completed in 2015, transforming the ground floor of the terminal building into a modern and more functional area.

"Works on the expansion project will begin in 2016 and the renovated terminal will become operational in 2018."

The terminal expansion was proposed to increase the capacity for catering the forecasted traffic growth and to adapt to the changes in traffic while maintaining the level of service. It will increase the terminal’s capacity to 12 million passengers a year, from the current eight million.

Works on the expansion project will begin in 2016 and the renovated terminal will become operational in 2018. It will handle both Schengen and non-Schengen traffic.

Toulouse-Blagnac airport expansion project details

The airport expansion project is a result of the law passed in 2005 to modernise airports in France, with an aim to deliver better passenger services and performance than their European counterparts.

As a first step in the airport modernisation project, the French Government, the majority shareholder in Aéroport Toulouse Blagnac Company, sold 49.99% shares to Symbiose consortium comprising the Shandong Hi Speed Group and Friedmann Pacific Asset Management.

By retaining 10.01% shares, the French state remains to be the owner of the land and airport installations. Stakes of the historic shareholders, the Toulouse Chamber of Commerce and Industry (25%), the Midi-Pyrénées Regional Council (5%), the Haute-Garonne Departmental Council (5%) and the Urban Area (5%) also remain the same.

The arrivals area was reconfigured to cater to the increased passenger flow, as most passengers enter the terminal through the area. Major improvements included reconfiguration of the baggage service area, new areas in Hall D and the installation of new escalators and elevators. Other developments included adding a central commercial area in Hall B, new facilities for car rental agencies in Hall C, and renovations to the facades of Halls B and C.

The terminal design will be optimised to increase its passenger handling capacity. The current layout is considered suboptimal as it splits passenger flows immediately after the landslide boundary, besides a change in floor level.

By relocating a number of check-in desks to create more airside space, a new layout is considered as part of the terminal reconfiguration.

Details of the passenger terminal redevelopment

The South Extension terminal expansion project will envisage the development of approximately 5,000m² of walkthrough duty-free space between Halls A and B. Both halls will get an entirely new layout, designed to optimise passenger flows and facilitate effective commercial performance. The connecting space will provide shopping, dining and relaxation areas.

Shopping area in the departure lounge will be doubled in surface area and will be reconfigured to suite the passenger preferences.
The departures area in Hall D will be extended by adding 2,000m² of floor space, which will house all the security checkpoints with latest equipment. A new baggage service will be located in the hall in areas designed to improve passenger reception.

A 2,500m² pier extension of Hall A will take place to accommodate low-cost traffic and to cater the needs of regional airlines. The pier will feature five departure gates through which aircraft parked close to the terminal can be directly accessed.

A new four-star hotel with a 148-room business centre connected to Hall A will also be constructed as part of the expansion. All the four halls will have new restroom facilities, while the existing ones will be renovated with new layout and added facilities.

Contractors involved

The contract to design the terminal reconfiguration and expansion was awarded to The Design Solution, an architecture and design company based in London. The design team will be assisted by international aviation specialist consultancy Airport Solutions, who will take care of the business planning aspects of the project.

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